`Ought' Conversationally Implies `Can'

@article{SinnottArmstrong1984OughtCI,
  title={`Ought' Conversationally Implies `Can'},
  author={W. Sinnott-Armstrong},
  journal={The Philosophical Review},
  year={1984},
  volume={93},
  pages={249}
}
The principle that 'ought' implies 'can' is often taken for granted in discussions of determinism, moral dilemmas, and other areas of practical reasoning. Yet the principle is seldom discussed critically or in detail. A complete discussion would include analyses of the controversial terms 'ought' and 'can', but I need not here undertake such enterprises. Any plausible analyses which do not beg the question are compatible with what I have to say, except where noted.' My focus will be on the… Expand
‘Ought’ Does Not Imply ‘Can’
According to the Ought-Implies-Can principle (OIC), an agent ought to perform a certain action only if the agent can perform that action. Proponents of OIC interpret this supposed implication inExpand
'ought', 'can', and Practical Reasons 1
As intuitive as OIC might seem, we should acknowledge that the arguments offered in its support often do not warrant the sort of confidence many of us have in the principle. For example, friends ofExpand
The Best Argument for 'Ought Implies Can' Is a Better Argument Against 'Ought Implies Can'
To argue that “ought” implies “can,” one can appeal to general principles or to intuitions about specific cases. One general truism that seems to show that “ought” implies “can” is that obligationsExpand
Does ought imply can?
TLDR
It is argued in this paper that due to some problems in their design, Buckwalter & Turri’s conclusions may not be warranted, and the results of a series of studies demonstrating the problems with their design are presented and showing that, with an improved design, people judge that obligation depends on ability after all. Expand
Obligations and Permissions
  • C. Fox
  • Sociology, Computer Science
  • Lang. Linguistics Compass
  • 2012
TLDR
It is possible that obligations themselves, as opposed to their satisfaction criteria, do not directly support a conventional logical analysis, and it is also possible that a linguistically informed analysis of obligations and permissions may help to resolve some of the deontic dilemmas, and clarify intuitions about how best to formulate a logic ofDeontic expressions. Expand
Ought-implies-can: Erasmus Luther and R.M. Hare
A cardinal principle of prescriptivism is that no indicative can be validly derived from a set of imperatives. More correctly: 'No indicative conclusion can be validly drawn from a set of premisesExpand
Feasibility constraints for political theories
This is a thesis about feasibility constraints for normative political theories. Political theorists talk about theories being 'utopian', 'ideal', 'abstracted', and more obviously pejoratively,Expand
How “ought” exceeds but implies “can”: Description and encouragement in moral judgment
  • J. Turri
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Cognition
  • 2017
TLDR
Results from two behavioral experiments support the theory that "ought" exceeds but implies "can," and results from a third experiment provide further evidence regarding an 'ought" claim's primary function and how contextual features can affect the interpretation of its functions. Expand
An Empirical Refutation of ‘Ought’ Implies ‘Can’
Most philosophers assume that ‘ought’ implies ‘can’, and most of them hold that this principle is true not only universally but also analytically or conceptually. Some skeptics deny this principle,Expand
Blame, not ability, impacts moral “ought” judgments for impossible actions: Toward an empirical refutation of “ought” implies “can”
TLDR
Results together show that folk moral judgments do not conform to a widely assumed philosophical principle that "ought" implies "can," and that judgments of blame play a modulatory role in some judgments of obligation. Expand
...
1
2
3
4
5
...